China extends visa approval time
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Aug 29, 2013 4:56 PM Last Post By: xinxingren
Aug 28, 2013 11:18 AM
China extends visa approval timePlanning a trip to China? Be sure to plan ahead. Per this article in China Daily, effective Sept. 1, it will take 15 days to process a visa application
Aug 28, 2013 12:15 PM
Aug 28, 2013 1:43 PM
Aug 28, 2013 5:33 PM
3"Applications for residence visas for foreigners in China should take no more than 15 days to process
... while a seven-day time limit will be applied to visa-related applications."
That whole ChinaDaily article was badly written, and the reporter must have put the frights up the poor Italian witness.
Aug 29, 2013 12:01 AM
Aug 29, 2013 12:44 PM
5I know the rule is "Don't get bolshy with the Chinese, especially officials"
however the 15 days is written in law, in English and Chinese:
trouble is, if they were trying to be nice to you but couldn't get the right answer
within the 15 days, then they can say No, just to make the problem go away,
and they're not obliged to tell you why they said No (Article 36)
Aug 29, 2013 2:51 PM
Aug 29, 2013 4:56 PM
7II s'pose they'll use the dual calendar standard. The first para. of Article 30 requires
Where visas held by foreigners specify that foreigners need to apply for residence permits after entry, such foreigners shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations...
that'll be the shortest possible 30 days, but the 15 days in the second para. obviously cannot include any Tomb Sweeping Days.
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